The Bible makes serious and significant claims about God and about us. The nature of these claims is such that they must be accepted or rejected. They cannot be ignored. Or, to put it another way, to ignore them is to reject them.
About God, the Bible says that He created the heavens, the earth, and the sea…and all that is in them. Stated another way, God created the entire universe, including all things visible and invisible.
About us, the Bible says that God created us in His image but that we have sinned and defiled that image, making a separation between us and God. That is, we’re dulled or insensitive to His glorious presence among us.
About God again, the Bible says that He came to the earth as Jesus of Nazareth about two thousands years ago, lived a life of kindness and generosity, attended by miracles. It goes on to say that He was nonethless cruelly rejected by His countrymen and crucified on a Roman cross, and that He was raised from the dead three days later…never to die again. It further says that He appeared to more than 500 of his followers at various times and places over the next forty days and that afterward He ascended into heaven. Before His ascension He commissioned His followers to take His message of forgiveness of sins through faith in Him throughout the world.
I do not know how to refute any of these claims.
As for His creating the universe, I have heard the explanations of those who contradict His role. I find implausible their descriptions of an autonomous universe springing from nothing. And the corollary to their theory – that humans are the supreme beings (that is, the most intelligent form of life) – is beyond implausible. It’s ridiculous. (Have they seen how people act?) Therefore, though I have no idea how God did it, I have no reasonable basis for challenging the idea that all this is His doing.
As for our sinfulness, alas, I have only my own life to consult before I have to concede the point. Would that it were not so. I haven’t even lived up to my own standards, much less His.
As for Jesus, I don’t know how to explain away all those eyewitness accounts. Those witnesses swore at the cost of their own necks that indeed He was raised from the dead. I believe a lot of other stuff every day based on the testimony of witnesses far less reputable.
Since I cannot refute these claims, I have no choice but to accept them. But I am more than glad to accept them because of the blessing that my acceptance brings.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Divine presence fills every molecule of the universe every second of our existence. I trust in His goodness, His fairness, and His love for all of us. Surely His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I am thankful the Bible was not timid or equivocal in its claims.